The Cherry Creek Schools Parents’ Council began its 46th official year of existence with a standing-room-only meeting held on Sept. 14. The conference rooms at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC) were filled to overflowing with principals and parents from every school in the district. Each principal had the opportunity to introduce the dedicated parent volunteers who are serving as the school’s Parents’ Council representative or as a member of the school’s PTO/PTCO board.
“The Cherry Creek School District is successful because of people – people like you,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “It’s our parents, our community, our teachers and staff members and the leadership of our buildings.”
The Cherry Creek Schools Parents’ Council has its roots in the community councils of the 1950s. Those were made up of parents who wanted to be involved in, and supportive of, their children’s schools. Parents’ Council made its official debut in 1971, when the district had only 11 schools. Since that time, the district has grown to more than 60 schools, but the group’s mission has changed very little.
“The mission of Parents’ Council is to promote the exchange of ideas among parent representatives of all schools in the Cherry Creek School District and to serve as a vehicle of communications within the district for parents, teachers, administrators, the Board of Education and the community,” said Jennifer Melton, Parents’ Council president.
She explained that Parents’ Council is unique in the metro area and one of only a few such groups across the country. Parents’ Council holds training sessions for PTO/PTCO presidents and treasurers and hosts the annual Vendors Expo in the spring, where school and community groups can learn about innovative and successful fundraising programs. In addition, Parents’ Council holds monthly meetings in September, October, January, February, March and April covering important topics. The October Parents’ Council meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 19, and will focus on possible changes in school start times. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be held at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC), located at 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, 80112. Anyone is welcome to attend.
For more information about Parents' Council, visit www.ccparentscouncil.org.
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